How to Get DHCR Approval to Demolish a Rent-Regulated Building

December 18, 2020    

The DHCR recently updated its fact sheet related to demolitions. Demolitions have garnered more attention in recent years due to the sweeping changes made to rent regulations as a result of the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (HSTPA). Passed in June 2019, HSTPA severely limited rent...

Set Occupancy Benchmarks to Prevent Improper Pass-Ons

November 20, 2020    

Here’s how to keep track of who’s living in an apartment.


Old Rules vs. New Rules: Anatomy of HSTPA's Effect on Rent Increases

October 26, 2020    

The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (HSTPA) of 2019, which went into effect on June 14, 2019, made dramatic changes to how rents can be raised. It changed formulas for vacancy leases, major capital improvements (MCI), and individual apartment improvements (IAI). Before HSTPA, rent...

CDC Issues Eviction Moratorium Until Dec. 31

September 24, 2020    

We answer landlords’ most frequently asked questions about the CDC order.


Chief Judge Pauses Execution of Eviction Warrants Until October

August 26, 2020    

On Aug. 12, 2020, New York State Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks issued a memorandum revising the procedure for both residential and commercial eviction proceedings. This guidance comes a week after Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.55 extending New York’s eviction...

New Law Extends COVID-Related Eviction Protections

July 23, 2020    

Tenants are still on the hook to pay back rent owed, but you may have to work out a payment plan....


On June 30, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York Tenant Safe Harbor Act. The new law, sponsored by New York State Senators Brad Hoylman and Liz...

RGB Issues Rent Freeze Amid Pandemic

June 26, 2020    

The RGB freezes one-year renewal rents and sets a partial freeze for two-year renewals.


On June 17, in a 6 to 3 vote, the city’s Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) decided to freeze rents for rent-stabilized tenants with one-year leases. For two-year renewal leases, a 1...

How to Comply with Order Extending Eviction Moratorium

May 21, 2020    

We explain which tenants are protected and how to let tenants tap security deposits for rent.


On May 7, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into effect New York State Executive Order No. 202.28, extending the eviction moratorium from June 20 through Aug. 20. The moratorium...

How New Emergency Paid Leave Benefits Apply to Building Service Workers

April 23, 2020    

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the local health department have encouraged workers who are sick to stay home. Benefits such as sick leave and family leave can help employees follow these guidelines during this precarious time....

COVID-19 Outbreak: Building Management Best Practices

March 19, 2020    

The risk of COVID transmission in residential buildings is low—as long as you follow proper protocols.


How to Comply with DOB's Stricter Façade Inspection Requirements

February 21, 2020    

Most owners know that NYC’s façade inspection safety program (FISP), formerly known as Local Law 11, requires periodic inspections of a building’s exterior façades. These inspection requirements were initiated in response to fatal injuries from falling masonry. Most recently, in...

Three Ways to Prepare for Covert Fair Housing Testers

January 21, 2020    

The de Blasio administration recently released a draft report that outlined plans to promote fair housing in New York City for the next five years. The impetus for the “Where We Live” report began during the Obama administration when the federal government wanted to strengthen...